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Militarization*

Militarization*

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte admitted to the public recently that there is a militarization of government under his administration, which has been quite apparent in his choice of appointing retired military officials to posts unrelated to national security. Just lately, due to the controversy of the P11 billion worth of drugs that managed to slip into the country, he changed the […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino President Leody de Guzman in one of the many rallies where he spoke. Image © https://www.rappler.com

Who benefits from the lack of a law on premature campaigning?*

A FEW days ago, the Commission on Elections solicited the support of netizens, who were asked to post images of premature campaigning, particularly the posting of electoral paraphernalia in public cemeteries as the Filipino people remember their dead last All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. This appeal by the Comelec spokesperson seeks to ostracize these over-eager candidates in the absence […]

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‘Reyna ng Pergalan’*

‘Reyna ng Pergalan’*

NGAYONG mahigit isang buwan na lang at Pasko na naman ay muling namamayagpag ang maliliit na karnabal na mas kilala sa tawag na perya. Legal ang operasyon ng perya kapag nakakuha ng permit para mag-operate at nakapagbayad ng kaukulang amusement tax sa gobyerno. Nagiging ilegal lamang ang takbo ng perya kapag pinasukan ng mga bawal na sugal na tulad ng […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Oversupply of drugs?*

Oversupply of drugs?*

HAVE you ever wondered why there seems to be a never-ending supply of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in Metro Manila nowadays? And why are we seeing news reports of large volumes of the illegal drug worth millions of pesos getting seized from several suspected pushers and carriers? Is it possible that some personnel from the government’s anti-drug agencies who are […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Mga salamisim 15*

Mga salamisim 15*

NGAYONG araw na ito ang kinikilala ng mga protestante bilang ika 501 anibersaryo ng umpisa kanilang kilusan upang magkaroon ng pagbabago sa Simbahang Romano, isang kilusan na ngayon ay mas kilala sa tawag na protestante o protestantinismo. Sa petsang ito noong 1517, ipinaskil ng paring Romano na si Martin Luther sa pintuan ng All Saint’s Church sa Wittenberg ang kanyang […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
‘Laban o Bawi’*

‘Laban o Bawi’*

KUNG naaalala ninyo ang sikat na larong “Laban o Bawi” na kontes noon sa isang noontime show sa telebisyon ay maihahalintulad ito sa nangyayari sa kasalukuyan sa usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng gobyerno at ng mga puwersang komunista. Ilang ulit nang nagalit si President Duterte at tinuldukan ang peace negotiations sa mga kasapi ng Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
War Scenario in the Middle East and Beyond: Part I*

War Scenario in the Middle East and Beyond: Part I*

SEVERAL key motivations are prompting the US to wage war in Iran and beyond. The first of these was described in my last article in my last column. In order to preserve and strengthen US world dominance as the sole superpower, the US needs to gain physical control of the Eurasian “Heartland” that Sir Halford Mackinder theorized as the key […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
FIT-All burden*

FIT-All burden*

NO matter how we look at it, the Feed-In-Tariff Allowance (FIT-All) being charged to consumers’ electric bills is a heavy burden on families. This should be stopped. Laban Konsyumer Inc. (LKI) President Attorney Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba met with Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chair Agnes Devanadera last Monday and explained that FIT-All being collected from electric consumers nationwide is used […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Mga salamisim 14*

Mga salamisim 14*

HINDI magpapatuloy ang bentahan ng metamphetamine hydrochloride o shabu sa kalye kung walang malaking sindikato sa likod nito at hindi naman makatitindig ang sindikato kung walang makapangyarihang pul-politiko o negosyante ang nasa likod nito, iyan ang totoo. Dahil dito ay naniniwala ang Usaping Bayan na tama si Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino sa kanyang naunang pahayag kamakailan […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Pergalan na naman*

Pergalan na naman*

NGAYONG palapit na ang Pasko ay tiyak na unti-unting mag-uusbungan na naman ang mga pergalan sa mga sulok-sulok at paminsan-minsan ay garapalang nakalabalandra pa sa ating kapaligiran. Ang pergalan ay pinagsamang salita ng perya at sugalan. Sa madaling salita ay sugalan ito na matatagpuan sa loob ng maliliit na karnabal na kung tawagin ay perya na tradisyonal na libangan na […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Will our future be Chinese ‘capitalist socialism’?*

By RT / Slavoj Žižek** DESPITE occasional exceptions, it was once considered almost gospel that democracy and capitalism went hand in hand. China’s successful rise knocks the notion on the head. Official Chinese social theorists paint a picture of today’s world which basically remains the same as that of the Cold War. Thus, the worldwide struggle between capitalism and Socialism […]

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IDs and right to travel*

IDs and right to travel*

A LOT of Filipinos find it difficult to secure identification cards (IDs), one of the requirements in acquiring a passport. This, in effect, curtails the person’s right to travel. Aside from the standard procedure of appearing personally at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at a confirmed date and time of appointment scheduled through the department’s website, an adult applicant […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Mga salamisim 13*

Mga salamisim 13*

NAKALULUGOD na idineklarang Santo ng Simbahang Katoliko Romano ang Martir ng San Salvador na si Arsobispo Oscar Romero. Una kong narinig si San Oscar Romero noong ako ay istudyante pa sa Pamantasang Santo Tomas noong dekada 80. Hinangaan ko ang Arsobispo ng San Salvador (sa El Salvador ito) dahil inialay niya ang kanyang buhay sa paglilingkod sa mga mahihirap, pinagkakaitan […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Privacy ingatan*

Privacy ingatan*

HINDI maitatanggi na malaki ang maitutulong at magiging bahagi ng Philippine Identification System Act na pinirmahan na ni President Duterte sa pang-araw-araw na buhay ng bawat Pilipino. Nakasanayan na ng maraming Pinoy na magdala ng wallet na saksakan nang kapal dahil naglalaman ng iba’t ibang klase ng ID na tulad ng Pagibig, Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Mga salamisim 12*

Mga salamisim 12*

PURO sabi na magbibitiw sa poder pero hanggang sabi lang kasi ang totoo pala ay enjoy sa posisyon, sa kapangyariha’t limelight na tinatanggap mula sa lokal at internasyonal na media. Talaga naman oo…masyadong matabil kaya kaliwa’t kanan ang sabit eh. Pinoy na Pinoy ang dating. * * * Binabati ng Usaping Bayan ang Manila International Airport Authority dahil inani nito […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Farewell, fake ‘Dinorado’*

Farewell, fake ‘Dinorado’*

AGRICULTURE Secretary Manny Piñol wants to put an end to the long-time practice of mislabeling and overpricing rice in public markets and even supermarkets. Piñol called on the National Food Authority (NFA) Council, which is under the Department of Agriculture along with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA), to set guidelines on the proper […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Maging aral sana*

Maging aral sana*

DAPAT mag-ingat tayo sa bawat sasabihin dahil kapag nakapagbitiw ng maaanghang na salita na nakababastos sa ating kapwa ay hindi na ito mababawi kahit na ano pang paghingi ng paumanhin ang ating gawin. Ito ang dapat tandaan ng bawat isa lalo na ng mga lingkod-bayan o opisyal ng gobyerno na patuloy na nakikisalamuha sa iba’t ibang uri ng tao sa […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Still alarmed by Dengvaxia*

Still alarmed by Dengvaxia*

MANY parents are still alarmed by the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine scare almost a year after the issue broke out. They refuse to have their children inoculated in the government’s various non-dengue vaccination programs even if the services offered are free. The Department of Health (DOH) said the very low vaccination coverage for most regions already produced several outbreaks of preventable […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Mga salamisim 11*

Mga salamisim 11*

TALAGANG totoo yung sinasabi ng mga matatanda na yung maliliit na nagkaroon ay masahol sa pa sa talagang mayroon. Parang langaw na nakatungtung lang sa kalabaw ang pakiwari ay mas malaki pa siya sa kalabaw. Nakahihiya ka…ikaw na dapat magpakita ng hinahon, ikaw pa ang nagbarumbado. Wala ka sa hulog. Dapat sa iyo manahimik na lang at huwag ng maging […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Pagbalewala sa Konstitusyon*

Pagbalewala sa Konstitusyon*

MARAMI ang nagulat nang maglabas ng arrest warrant ang Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 sa ilalim ni Judge Elmo Alameda laban kay Senator Antonio Trillanes IV dahil sa kanyang papel sa pananakop ng Manila Peninsula noong 2007. Pinagbigyan ng husgado ang mosyon ng Department of Justice (DOJ) kasunod ng paglabas ng Proclamation No. 572 ni President Duterte na nagbasura […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
US President Donald Trump at the UN Security Council meeting, September 26, 2018 © Carlos Barria / Reuters

US way or no way: Trump treated rest of world as America’s footstool at UNSC*

By RT / Finian Cunningham** DONALD Trump chaired the UN Security Council this week to deliver a thuggish ultimatum to the world to obey American orders on Iran or face retribution for not kowtowing to Washington’s diktat. The world’s highest forum for maintaining global security and peace was thus turned into a platform for brazen, criminal American rhetoric. The 73rd United […]

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Problemang paradahan*

Problemang paradahan*

HALOS walang puknat ang pagsisikap ng mga awtoridad upang labanan ang trapiko, mapaluwag ang mga lansangan at maalis ang mga sasakyan na nagsisilbing sagabal at sanhi ng pagsaikip ng ating mga daanan. Kabi-kabila ang isinasagawang clearing operations sa iba’t ibang sulok at bahagi ng Metro Manila, lalo na sa mga palengke kung saan kadalasan ay halos inaangkin na ng mga […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Batas Militar*

Batas Militar*

NATATANDAAN ko na Grade 1 ako at nakatira kami sa Leveriza sa Malate nang una kong marinig sa telebisyon ang salitang Martial Law mula kay Ferdinand Marcos. Sa munti kong edad ay binalot ako ng takot dahil naririnig ko ang usap-usapan na maraming tao ang hinuhuli ang PC-Metrocom (ngayon ay Philippine National Police) lalo na yung mga lumalabag sa curfew […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 1 comment · Opinions
Obsession and avoidance?*

Obsession and avoidance?*

IT was quite obvious in the recent dialogue between President Duterte and Presidential Legal Counsel Sal Panelo that the President kept on bringing the issue back to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Some people noted that Duterte appeared to be obsessed with his number one critic. Could we blame anyone for such an assumption when there was a time in the […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Palakpakan*

Palakpakan*

SA pagkakataong ito ay hayaan ninyong purihin natin ang dapat purihin at ito ay walang iba kundi si Presidente Rodrigo Duterte, ang kanyang Gabinete at lahat ng mga nagtulung-tulong upang harapin ang kinatatakutang super-lakas na bagyong Ompong. Ang naturang bagyo ay may lakas na 205 kilometers at bugso na 255 kilometers per hour at malawak ang sinasakop. Kung titingnan sa […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions